This Is What the Video Looks Like When You Drop Your Phone Out of an Airplane

This Is What the Video Looks Like When You Drop Your Phone Out of an Airplane

Don't try this at home.

By Alesandra Dubin
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Have you switched your phone in airplane mode? Have you fastened it securely so it doesn't go tumbling all the way down to the earth when the plane hits a patch of turbulence?

OK, so most of us don't have to mind that second rule when we fly in the pressurized cabins of large commercial aircrafts. But one hobbyist pilot, failing to heed that last bit, lost his phone under such circumstances — and the Samsung Galaxy 5S fell 1,000 feet while recording video of the whole journey (and then survived to supply the record).

Robert Ryan posted a video of the phone’s adventure to YouTube. He said it came about when his uncle, pilot Blake Henderson of Nashville, was recording out of the window of a small aircraft he was flying when he encountered severe turbulence.

"My uncle Blake Henderson encountered severe turbulence while chasing a JN-4 Jenny bi-plane (seen at the beginning of the video)," according to the YouTube caption. "His phone was sucked out of the craft on accident and dropped around 1000 ft into a very nice families yard!"

When the phone lands in a residential neighborhood, earth-bound humans retrieve it — not realizing its journey.

"Here's your phone," one guy says.

"This ain't my phone," says another.

Watch a 15-second clip of the freefall here:

Or, if you prefer, enjoy a full, unedited version of the story, which is more than 11 minutes long:

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